Articles by Robin Powell

Benchmarking should help, not hinder, transparency

By Robin Powell on July 3, 2018

Benchmarking is part of modern life. Whether you’re deciding on a school for your child or a hospital for your operation, comparing holiday packages, or checking that you’re not overpaying for gas or car insurance, you…

Don’t let Brexit derail fund transparency

By Robin Powell on June 11, 2018

With the countdown ticking on Britain’s exit from the European Union, huge attention is being given to what it all means for the City of London. This, of course, is only right. The City is a…

Denying the transparency problem won’t make it disappear

By Robin Powell on May 9, 2018

I finally got round to watching Before the Flood the other day. For those who aren’t aware, it’s a documentary film about climate change, released in 2016. Commissioned by National Geographic, it was directed by Fisher…

Why Panorama won’t tackle fee transparency

By Robin Powell on April 26, 2018

At long last, we’re starting to see serious coverage of transparency issues in asset management in the UK press. For many years, it’s been blogs like mine, The Evidence-Based Investor, and groups like the Transparency Task…

Six ways that asset managers can start cutting costs

By Robin Powell on April 11, 2018

It’s one of the ironies of Thatcherism that, more than 40 years after the sudden deregulation of financial markets known as the Big Bang, the one sector of the UK economy that has not yet been…

Apple Asset Management? It probably will happen

By Robin Powell on March 19, 2018

I’m not an Apple obsessive. I don’t queue outside the Apple Store at 5am to buy the latest iPhone, and I’m sorry, but £160 for a pair of ear plugs is daylight robbery. But I love…

Six things the best financial videos have in common

By Robin Powell on February 26, 2018

It was five years ago that I left mainstream television to focus on producing video content for the financial sector. It’s been a huge learning experience. What works on TV, for instance, doesn’t always transfer well…

Fund industry marketing RIP

By Robin Powell on February 5, 2018

It’s no secret that the fund industry is having a bad time. Yes, profit margins remain high, but that’s largely down to rising stock markets and, consequently, assets under management. The industry faces huge underlying challenges…

Why content is the new data for financial marketers

By Robin Powell on January 23, 2018

For the last 20 years or so, financial marketing has been all about data. Companies have devoted huge time and resources to gathering information about their clients and prospects, and, for most firms, marketing operations have…